Demons have 'no issue' with Brodie Grundy meeting Port

Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin has no issue with ruckman Brodie Grundy meeting with Port Adelaide about a potential trade only days out from the AFL finals.

Apart from one game back in the seniors, dual All-Australian Grundy has been stuck in the Demons' VFL team for almost two months.

Grundy was offloaded by Collingwood to Melbourne at the end of last year for salary-cap reasons, teaming up with fellow star big man Max Gawn at the Demons in a blockbuster move.

However, Melbourne have functioned better in the second half of the season with Gawn as the sole ruckman, leaving Grundy without a spot.

The 29-year-old spoke with Port Adelaide last week about moving to his third club in as many years next season in a bid to reclaim a spot as a No.1 ruck, and has also been linked to fellow finalists Sydney.

With Port finishing the season third on the ladder, the fourth-placed Dees have a strong chance of facing the Power later in the finals series.

"No issue from my end," Goodwin said on Wednesday when asked about Grundy meeting with Port Adelaide.

"We're a mature industry now. 

"There are probably 50 players around the league that would be meeting with different clubs at this time of year.

"It's pretty common place in the industry these days."

Goodwin said he and Grundy haven't directly spoken about the big man's future at the club but the Demons' hierarchy are aware of the player's desire to be featuring regularly at the top level.

"Brodie's a professional footballer," Goodwin said.

"He knows he's got a four-year contract and he knows he's going to keep pushing this year to play finals footy.

"We're across what's going on around there."

Port Adelaide have also reportedly offered a five-year deal to Geelong defender Esava Ratugolea, who has requested a move to the South Australian club for the second straight year.

The Cats held Ratugolea to his contract 12 months ago and appear set to ask for a first-round draft pick in exchange for the versatile tall.

Hawthorn were also interested in Ratugolea but will now focus their attention on securing North Melbourne free agent Ben McKay to bolster their defensive stocks.

Meanwhile, Adelaide "would be disappointed" if Shane McAdam does not sign a new deal with the club.

The 28-year-old, who has kicked 72 goals in 50 games with the Crows, has a contract offer on the table but is considering rival offers.

He has been linked with Melbourne.

"The club will continue talks with McAdam and his management in the lead up to the upcoming trade period," Adelaide said in a statement.

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